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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

jittles Re:Encryption chips? (367 comments)

What do encryption chips have to do with anything? If a card is stolen and known stolen, the owner can report the theft and the card is deactivated, whether or not it contains an "encryption chip". If the card is stolen and the owner does not know it was stolen, and the thief also has the pin, then they can use the card, whether or not it has an "encryption chip". Or am I totally understanding what this "encryption chip" does?

The encryption chip prevents someone from duplicating your card, at least in theory. They could make a copy of your card using an ATM skimmer and then steal your PIN and you wouldn't even know that someone had access to your bank card.

2 days ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

jittles Re:Japanese solution! (367 comments)

In Germany a lot of small suburb banks require you to use your ATM card to open the lobby door after hours. At least that was my experience a few years ago. This doesn't prevent someone from using a stolen card to gain access to the bank lobby, but it forces the criminals to enter into a lighted and monitored building before they can engage in any shenanigans.

2 days ago
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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

jittles Re:Implement locally? (145 comments)

With the possible exception of #3, I think voicemail has this covered.

A.

That is definitely not true for #1. I ran in a marathon event and I had my cell phone with me. At the end of the event, some woman who was not feeling very well at all was desperately trying to get a hold of her boyfriend. I called him 10 times in a row from my cell phone and, after he ran into her by chance, he admitted that he ignored my calls and voicemails. I suspect his girlfriend was not happy with him after that.

3 days ago
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Nintendo Puts Business In Brazil On Hiatus

jittles Re:Brazil has long had a very protectionist (111 comments)

Wouldn't it be easier to go Uruguay or Venezuela?

I've lived in Venezuela. It is not a poor country. The people are poor, but they have huge oil reserves, diamonds, gold and many other natural resources. They used to be the largest oil exporter to the US until Hugo Chavez started diverting that oil to Cuba for free. Venezuela also charges import duties on all products (with some exception in the state of Nueva Esparta, which is mostly duty free). They also charge an income tax that most people do their best to avoid ever paying.

The real problem with Venezuela is corruption. When I lived there, I did not keep an ID on me at all times, even though it was required by law. I kept my passport in a safety deposit box because it was cheaper to pay the fines for not having proper ID than it was to pay the bribes to get my passport back from the National Guard when they would do one of their regular shakedowns. If you were a mere janitor for the state-run oil company (PDVSA), you were probably set for life. If you didn't have some important friends or family, you probably couldn't get a job for PDVSA.

about three weeks ago
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The Downside of Connected Healthcare: Cyberchondria

jittles WebMD a starting point (79 comments)

Anytime I feel like there may be something wrong with me, I consult the symptom tracker on WebMD. Do I then go into my doctor and tell them that I have x, y, or z? No. I go in there and present my symptoms to my doctor and get their expert opinion and see whether it coincides with what I read online. I don't try and steer them in any particular direction. But when the doctor decides that I should be tested for z, I can have an intelligent conversation with him about what that actually means, and whether or not that is a useful course of action for me. Should these sites disappear because of hypochondriacs? No. They will just go to the library and check out books to self-diagnose their crazy diseases. You can't fix that sort of mental disorder by hiding information from people. Does it cause frustration for doctors? Absolutely. But the doctors should educate their patients on the appropriate use for these tools. None of the doctors I know have ever had a discussion with their patients about online medical resources. They just go home and huff and puff to their friends and family how they have to fight with WebMD empowered patients.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update

jittles Re:It should be noted that... (115 comments)

...while "automatic", it does not install automatically unless you've enabled automatic software updates. If you haven't, it takes the same form regular updates do: a little dialog pops up in the corner of the desktop alerting you about the update, asking what you want to do.

You are incorrect. It automatically installed on three different macs that I own, and I never enable automatic update.

about a month ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

jittles Re:Well DUH, You can't stop piracy. (116 comments)

big binary blobs (my term, BBBs)

They prefer to be called big beautiful blobs, and some people really like them that way.

about a month and a half ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

jittles Re:Umm... (194 comments)

Maybe I'm just a terrible person whose sense of childlike wonder and love of lasers has shriveled; but isn't 'clearing leaves' the sort of job where a simple nozzle blowing compressed air(turned on and off based on sensor input if it turns out that you can implement a sensor system at lower cost than just running the compressor a bit more often) at the track immediately in front of the wheels would be more than adequate for the purpose?

You're missing the damage that compressed air / water does to the substrate of the track. It undermines the foundations of the line. They already do this, but it costs them more money to repair the line than it would if the leaves were just burnt on the spot.

about 2 months ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

jittles Re:Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

If that's really all true and you're not exaggerating or bending anything, that's flat out mega-corruption - how do you UNcondemn a house, if no changes whatsoever were made to the structure? Have you considered getting a lawyer, or at least giving this story to a newspaper? I know it was only "$800", but if they get away with that today, then tomorrow, who knows.

Watch the TV show Hoarders. Cities condemn houses for trash violations from time to time. They even have demoed the house after the homeowner refused to clean it up because it was cheaper for the city to tear it down and cell the land than to try and clean it up.

about 2 months ago
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Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products

jittles Re:Why only FBI? (109 comments)

The FBI's problem is that, soon, even warrants won't be sufficient to pry open the encryption protecting consumer level devices.

Yep, that's the FBI's problem. Tough cookies. If FBI agents want an easy job, they should become software developers or managers or something. Law enforcement has these restrictions put upon them to make it difficult. Not because we support crime, but because it's the agents are in a position of power and need to be kept under control.

about 2 months ago
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Starbucks Testing Mobile Order and Pay In Portland On iOS

jittles Re:Wi-fi? (40 comments)

They could have probably achieved the same thing by just having people use their wifi service? No GPS needed. The bonus is devices such as tablets could be used too. Sure it would mean needing to sign into wifi, but maybe giving people choice between wifi and GPS?

Maybe as an extension, they could even have someone walk the line, in busy locations, taking orders on a tablet, equipped with a card reader?

The wait in most coffee shops isn't the time to place your order, but to fill your order. Unless you're having just a straight pre-brewed cup of coffee, they aren't going to speed things up by using an iPad to take your order in line. If they do order favorites, for instance, you might be able to one tap your coffee order when you know you're about 5 minutes out from the store and walk right in and pick it up. If I'm already in the store, I'd rather just go to the front of the line and flirt with the cute baristas that seem to work in every coffee place in the world.

about 2 months ago
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

jittles Re:A tech gloss over racial profiling? (218 comments)

Well the second paragraph of the summary makes it pretty clear it isn't just a database of "people who look like they could be criminals". They are repeat offenders of serious crimes. I don't really even get what you mean by "biased slice of the population". Yeah it's biased, because they have to include bad guys in the list. Otherwise what do you mean? Data isn't racist, which was my original point. I'm assuming unless they are the most bigotted people on the planet and somehow programmed that into their algorithm, their lists include a pretty fair percentage of each race, according to their relative rates of committing the crimes they are singling out as important.

His point is that the police may be racially profiling to begin with. If they are more suspicious of black people, more likely to arrest a black person to begin with, then the data base is going to be artificially skewed towards information about black people. There may be plenty of white people that are doing the exact same thing without ever being caught because they aren't getting stop and frisked and found to be in possession of drugs, for instance.

about 2 months ago
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UK Completes 250km of Undersea Broadband Rollouts

jittles Re:Units? (70 comments)

250 km of seabed, with 50 miles between islands...i suppose consistency of units would be a lot to ask for...

The Brits are confused about units. They can't decide whether to use SI, Imperial, or Ancient Hebrew measurements. Just be thankful they didn't measure the distance in palms or spans.

about 2 months ago
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UK Completes 250km of Undersea Broadband Rollouts

jittles Re:cable?? Bit extravagant, aren't we? (70 comments)

There's this thing called RADIO, invented by a rather clever chap called MARCONI. It allows untethered communication between two points. It doesn't, therefore, rely on cables. It's also potentially much faster than any cable-based system and not prone to submarines colliding with it. Which happens a LOT up Scapa way.

Sounds like those sub captains need more training... The sub should never touch the floor.

about 2 months ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

jittles Re:Oh, the entitlement... (246 comments)

You are aware that the Zune Marketplace music (PlaysForSure v2) would only work on a Zune right? And that PlaysForSure v1 would not work.

Good thing for Microsoft there is no one with a Zune to sue them.

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

jittles Re:Speed (525 comments)

The German Autobahns are unrestricted.

That is incorrect. There are only certain stretches of various autobahns that have unrestricted speed laws. When you're driving through busy areas they have speed limits as low as 90 km/h. They also have electronic signs that can vary the speed limit based on traffic. My cousins who are from Germany say that, in some areas, they have sensors in the road that will detect when you are speeding and take a photo of you and they mail you a citation. I know that I was hit with a speed camera on the autobahn near Hannover, but the rental company never billed me for the speeding ticket.

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

jittles Re:German cars (525 comments)

Have you compared the average car in Germany with the ones in the USA? Furthermore, in Germany there are mandatory periodic technical inspections, and these are no joke. Half the cars I see in the USA would never pass these inspections. Also, getting a driver license in Germany is HARD, and the average Autobahn driver is very well disciplined compared to his USA counterpart (exceptions exist, I know I know...)

I've driven on the autobahn in Germany. I came back to the US and I couldn't stand to drive for months. The average US driver does not have a good enough understanding of courtesy and physics to drive safely on the autobahn.

about 2 months ago
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

jittles Re:Bah hah hah (120 comments)

Maybe you just have small hands but I found Blackberry phones to be completely useless. I can't type or even dial a phone number on them without a serious case of fat finger syndrome. It takes forever for me to type out the simplest things on a blackberry.

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

jittles Re:It was never about the costs (243 comments)

Except there is no case. He is not wanted for any crime by Sweden. He is wanted for questioning. In nearly any other western country, you could tell the police to piss off, but not Sweden. They can arrest you just to talk to you, but choosing to not talk to them is not a crime. The UK has made the bogus claim that, because he doesn't want to be arrested for such a thing, means that he is a fugitive of UK law. How preposterous. If an Englishmen in America didn't want to talk to the police of Mozambique that does not mean in itself that the Americans can reasonably arrest him for being a fugitive of US law.

They can take you into custody to question you in the US, also. You don't have to answer any of their questions, but they can definitely take you into custody.

about 2 months ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

jittles Re:Rain attenuates the radio signal (150 comments)

It's relative: I averaged something like 60ms pings, while everyone else had 20-30ms pings (DSL was still fairly new back then). Not like I was roughing it at 250+ like in the old modem days.

60ms isn't bad. I was expecting somewhere in the 300-500ms range. That is the kind of latency I've seen with other wireless internet links from back in the day.

about 2 months ago

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